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pue­blo» Robert Hoag Rawl­ings, chair­man and ed­i­tor of The Pue­blo Chief­tain, has died of nat­u­ral causes. He was 92.

Rawl­ings worked at The Chief­tain and its for­mer sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion, The Pue­blo StarJour­nal, for 70 years.

Rawl­ings spent the past 37 years as pub­lisher and ed­i­tor, be­com­ing chair­man of the Star-Jour­nal Pub­lish­ing Corp. this year.

“Bob Rawl­ings was a gi­ant, one of the last of a gen­er­a­tion of news­pa­per­men who built their com­mu­nity as they un­cov­ered the news,” Gov. John Hick­en­looper said. “As a tire­less pro­tec­tor and pro­moter of south­ern Colorado, his fierce ad­vo­cacy and re­mark­able gen­eros­ity left an in­deli­ble mark. His tenac­ity and pas­sion was un­matched. Like so many in his beloved south­ern Colorado, I feel like I have lost a best friend.”

A Pue­blo na­tive and a World War II Navy vet­eran, Rawl­ings used the edi­to­rial pages to ad­vo­cate for Pue­blo and south­east­ern Colorado. He fought to pro­tect in­sti­tu­tions such as Colorado State Univer­sity-Pue­blo and the Colorado State Fair but was known best for his bat­tle to pro­tect the quan­tity and qual­ity of wa­ter in the Pue­blo area.


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